Out of Joint theatre company’s innovative production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, which requires audiences to be blindfolded throughout, will transfer to the Arts Theatre later this month.
Directed by Out of Joint’s Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, All That Fall will follow its critically acclaimed runs at Bristol Old Vic and Wilton’s Music Hall to play a season at the Arts Theatre from 13 April to 14 May.
Originally written for radio, the production takes inspiration from the play’s original format and invites audiences to experience the story while wearing blindfolds and listening to sound designer Dyfan Jones’ 360 degree design.
Speaking about the production, Stafford-Clark said: “All That Fall is my favourite Beckett play, located specifically as it is in rural County Dublin in the mid-50s, and I am delighted that audiences have responded so warmly and clearly enjoyed the immersive experience. It’s a great little play, and we look forward to being back at the Arts Theatre.
“I’m grateful to them for allowing us to make changes to the seating in order to give audiences a real live, close-up, surround-sound experience.”
Reprising their roles in the story of an old woman who sets out to greet her husband at the station on his birthday only for events to take a deeply unsettling turn are Tony Award winner Bríd Brennan, Tara Flynn, Frank Laverty and Ciaran McIntyre. Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar will join the cast to play Brennan’s husband, bar performances from 13 to 16 April when original cast member Gary Lilburn will return to play the role.
The show will mark the first of two Out of Joint productions to play at the Arts Theatre this season, with All That Fall to be followed by the company’s A View From Islington North, an evening of short political satires by Alistair Beaton, Caryl Churchill, Stella Feehily, David Hare and Mark Ravenhill.